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Old 01-08-2007, 08:09 AM   #701
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Eaton Update:

• Defenseman Mark Eaton has been skating with the team and doing exercises to strengthen his left wrist, but he still has no timetable for his return to the lineup.

"There's no target date, just going through my therapy and getting tested every week," Eaton said. "As soon as the doctor feels it's safe for me to return and not risk doing the same thing again, it's his call."

Eaton was injured Nov. 4 and had surgery three days later. He said this is the longest layoff of his career.

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Hey, XT - I'm not going to complain - the Pens got a point and you and I got to personally witness one of the most phenomenal goals we've ever seen by Sid. We seem to always have a rough time with the Lightning - they take away the middle on us and force us to the boards. The Pens know that style of play well. Though I would have preferred a win, I'll take the point and look forward to the game in Florida.
That goal by Sid was awesome, no doubt! The kid is just amazing and never, ever gives up on a play and works his tail off on every shift, even on his rare off-nights. How many superstars can you say that about? But don't get me wrong, I am very happy with the point we got and we stayed ahead of Tampa in the playoff race, but I would just like to be able to beat them - 10 straight losses is just insane. They are a very difficult team to play against when they are on, they indeed do take away the middle of the ice very well which is why they give up the fewest shots in the league. So in order to beat a team like that, you have to dump the puck in, forecheck hard and work the play down low and along the wall - they do not do well against aggressive forechecking teams. Hopefully the Pens can break through tomorrow night and beat them in Tampa - it would be a huge win for them.
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I'm happy to say I caught that one in person last night. Did we get the two points? No. But at least we grabbed a point from the Bolts. Still keeps us in third in the division. On to Florida.

Clip of "The Goal": http://flashplayer.streamos.com/flvp...k_penguins.flv
A little bit too far of a drive for me to make it into work the next day. I did catch the Pens when they were in Philly and watched Sid score a hat trick with 20 of my friends from a luxury suite right behind the net.
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Arena 'Plan C' offers Penguins profits
Peduto proposal would allow team to share in Mellon Arena site, Lower Hill development

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State and local politicians should go beyond Plan B to offer the Penguins something other cities can't -- a share of the profits in the redevelopment of the Mellon Arena site, city Councilman Bill Peduto says.

The land would be available for development if a new arena is built across the street, as proposed by the city and county. Detroit businessman Don Barden already has promised a $350 million redevelopment of the lower Hill District, including the Mellon Arena property, as part of his winning casino bid.

But Mr. Peduto, a likely mayoral candidate, said local and state officials, in conjunction with Mr. Barden, should offer the Penguins a chance to partner in the redevelopment and share in the profits as part of the negotiations to keep the team from moving elsewhere.

"This is the perfect opportunity for Barden, the Penguins, the city, the county and the state to partner together," he said. "It's a great way to keep the team in Pittsburgh, redevelop the Hill, get Barden more involved in the community, and lessen the impact on taxpayers."

As part of negotiations to build a new arena for the team, Gov. Ed Rendell, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato are offering to give the Penguins most, if not all, of the revenues generated by the facility.

Adding potential redevelopment profits to the mix could be a difference maker that cities like Kansas City, which is making a strong bid for the team, would be unable to match, Mr. Peduto said.

"I'm saying scrap Plan B and create Plan C," he said.

He said the arrangement would be similar to that negotiated with the Pirates and the Steelers to redevelop land between PNC Park and Heinz Field. Both teams get a piece of revenues from the redevelopment, which is being led by Continental Real Estate Cos.

Mr. Peduto said he has offered his assistance to the Penguins but has not spoken to either Mr. Ravenstahl or Mr. Onorato.

The Plan B formula for funding a new arena calls for a contribution of $7.5 million a year for 30 years from Mr. Barden, who is building his casino on the North Shore; $7 million a year for 30 years from a slots-financed state economic development fund; and about $4 million a year from the Penguins, including $1.16 million annually in naming rights, plus an upfront payment of $8.5 million.

State and local officials presented a somewhat sweetened version during a meeting with team owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle last week in an effort to prevent a move to Kansas City, where officials have offered a rent-free arena that is scheduled to open in October.

The Penguins have set a 30-day deadline for deciding whether to stay in Pittsburgh or to relocate.

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Tough loss tonight. This is one team we have troubles with. Breaking news here, every team has one. Tampa seems to be ours. The sad part, we play them hard every time we play them. Oh well, bring on the Panthers.

On that note, somebody wake me when Ouellet scores. Petrovicky get's the ice time and spends the majority of it in the box (which costed us tonight). It's bad enough I have to watch Ouellet suck ass night after night......................after night.
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CROSBY TO START FOR EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAM
by Joe Sager
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01/09/2007

Sidney Crosby is an all-star – officially.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 19-year-old center led all vote-getters (825,783) in NHL All-Star Game fan balloting. He will start in the Jan. 24 game in Dallas.

At 19 years, five months, Crosby is the youngest player voted to start the All-Star Game since fan balloting began in 1986. The youngest starter previously was the Penguins’ Jaromir Jagr, elected to the Prince of Wales Conference lineup for the 1992 All-Star Game in Philadelphia (19 years, 11 months).

Crosby leads the NHL in points with 65 (21+44) in 38 games. He will be joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by Buffalo’s Daniel Briere and Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin. On defense, Buffalo’s Brian Campbell and Montreal’s Sheldon Souray will start as will Buffalo’s Ryan Miller in goal.

For the Western Conference, Colorado’s Joe Sakic joins San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton up front with Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom and Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer on defense with Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo in goal.

The rest of the Eastern and Western Conference all-star rosters will be announced Saturday.

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Here we go again...win 3, lose 2. ARRRGGGGHHH!!! This team is SO damn frustrating!
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Here we go again...win 3, lose 2. ARRRGGGGHHH!!! This team is SO damn frustrating!
Look on the bright side, XT - they're not as frustrating as the Pirates - LOL! I think for a young team, they're holding their own and I really can't complain.
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Despite loss at Tampa Bay, midseason points total reflects significant improvement
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

By Shelly Anderson
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Penguins struggle to beat Tampa Bay. Their 3-2 loss to the Lightning last night at the St. Pete Times Forum was their 11th in a row against that team, dating to Jan. 17, 2003.

Against the rest of the NHL, though, the Penguins aren't half bad. At least, that's the case if you look at the first 41 games of the 2005-06 season compared with the first half of this season.

Even with the loss in their 41st game -- the result of a goal and two assists from Martin St. Louis, a goal and an assist from Vincent Lecavalier and 29 saves by Johan Holmqvist -- the Penguins' 18-16-7 record and 43 points are considerably better than the numbers from a year ago, when the team entered the second half of the season 11-21-9 for 31 points. That's a 39 percent improvement in points and leaves the Penguins tied for second in the NHL for the biggest improvement at the halfway point. Their 12-point increase ties them with Atlanta behind Anaheim, which improved by 19 points.

"We want to be in the playoffs after the next 41, so we'll see where it brings us," said center Sidney Crosby, who had his only point of the game with an unassisted goal in the first minute.

Their 43 first-half points projects to 86 if they can do equally as well in the second half. That would be a 28-point improvement over the 58 points they earned last season, when they finished second-to-last in the league.

"If you look at the big picture, we've got to be satisfied with the increase," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "We want to make sure we maintain that."

The Penguins' second half starts tonight at Florida.

In 2005-06, they had 11 wins in the second half, the same number as the first half, but fewer points, 27 -- although they went 4-4-2 in their final 10 games.

They will face Tampa Bay just once in the second half.

The game last night was played at two speeds -- normal and, when the top line for each team was playing, overdrive.

"It was sort of a game of momentum, and we could never grab it for a long period of time," center Erik Christensen said. "We're very young, and to make the sort of progress we've made so far is very big. We're not winning as many games as we think we should or we'd like to, but it's building experience."

Despite playing on just a half-inch of less-than-ideal ice that was made after a visit by a circus, the Penguins' trio of Crosby, Mark Recchi and Evgeni Malkin and Tampa Bay's line of center Lecavalier, St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal heated things up when they played -- and they faced each other all night.

Crosby got the Penguins off to a fast start with a goal on the first shift to push his league-leading point total to 65.

He wrestled the puck from Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle in the slot, slid to one knee as he continued toward Holmqvist, and swept the puck under the goaltender 24 seconds into the first period. It was the Penguins' fastest goal this season and the fastest since Dec. 3, 2003, when Matt Bradley scored 20 seconds into a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia. But the quick goal was their only one until Colby Armstrong scored late in the third period.

Lecavalier got his 24th at 6:11. Prospal, set up along the right-wing boards, fed Lecavalier, who redirected the puck past Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the near edge of the crease for a 1-1 tie.

The Lightning took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 6:26 of the second. St. Louis' shot from a nearly impossible angle along the goal line to the left of Fleury bounced in off the inside of Fleury's far leg pad. It was St. Louis' 27th goal.

St. Louis got his third point when he set up Andreas Karlsson at the right corner of the crease in the third period. Karlsson brought the puck with him around the top of the crease, hesitated, and slipped a shot in off of Fleury's outstretched leg to make it 3-1 at 3:15.

The Penguins got a four-minute power play when Paul Ranger cut Christensen in the face for a high-sticking double-minor, but Holmqvist stopped the four shots he faced.

"Our forwards are doing not such a good job producing. We're relying on one line. When you get one goal every four games from the other three lines, that's not normal," said Therrien, who delivered that message to his team during the second intermission.

"They reacted a little bit," he said.

Armstrong pulled the Penguins to within 3-2 at 17:19 of the third when he deflected in a shot from the point by Brooks Orpik that glanced off of the Penguins' Jarkko Ruutu on its way to Armstrong.

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This team must stay, they have so much potential and for along time
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